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Yukon Discovery & Sled Dog

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There is a reason that visiting the Yukon is one of the most popular Skagway shore excursions. This full-day scenic tour starts in Skagway and begins with a beautiful, picturesque ride north over the White Pass summit to Canada’s Yukon Territory, paralleling the White Pass scenic railway. The Yukon Discovery & Sled Dog Tour is narrated with local Klondike history by your guide and contains photo opportunities just about everywhere you look. What separates this tour from the Yukon Discovery Tour is an extra bonus: an exciting 1-mile ride on a customized, wheeled cart or ATV with authentic Iditarod huskies. Once you arrive in the Yukon, a lunch break with free time provides the opportunity to not only view the husky puppies but to experience what it’s like riding behind a team of these elite canine athletes. Along the ride, the local mushers, who are professional racers in the winter, share stories about what it’s like training, caring for, and racing up to 90 dogs at a time!

Climb aboard either the 12-passenger wheeled training cart or ATV while mushers ready the teams. As guides add each new dog to the line, you'll hear each dog's excitment as they can't wait to take off running. During this time, you will have the opportunity to experience the team dynamics, social order, and passion of your dog team. After the team of 8-12 dogs are ready, the musher drops the brake and you're off. The sled dogs respond instantaneously to the musher's commands, forking right, then left, as you meander through the forested trail, specially designed to train these canine athletes in the off season.

A 1-mile ride is the perfect amount of time to see the team respond to mushing commands, and romp in their watering pools. This exhilarating portion of the trip is approximately 15 minutes long, and provides time for team hookup, safety briefing, and your ride through the forest. Time on the trail can vary due to conditions, temperatures, and the team of dogs.

You may consider the Yukon Discovery Tour which includes all the same features without the husky dog experience.

What's Included

This trip includes a narrated ride by mini-bus up and over White Pass Summit and into Yukon Territory. Your professional guide will provide a historic and ecological narrative while stopping along the way for breaks and photo opportunities. There are limited outhouse facilities along the way and it is recommended to use the restroom before the tour. Lunch is included at the dog mushing camp in the Yukon, with modern facilities and restrooms. Time will be set aside to visit the wildlife gallery and husky sled dog camp where you will join mushers for a ride with the dog teams. Additional stops include Emerald Lake and Carcross Desert before returning to Skagway.

Frequently Asked Questions

What type of vehicles are used?
For this particular tour, comfortable custom mini-coaches are provided, with a 14-to-28 passenger capacity. All feature large touring windows, bucket seats and PA systems for the guide to communicate along the way.
Why are passports required for this tour?
This tour enters Canada’s Yukon Territory and passports will be required to go through the Canadian customs post, as well as to re-enter the United States. Passports are required for all adults and children 16 or older. Children 15 and under should have an original or certified copy or birth certificate or a Passport. If one or both parents are not traveling with the child, a notarized letter of authorization from the absent parent(s) is also necessary to cross into Canada. Some nationalities may also require a Canada and/or USA Visa. (Single-entry is acceptable). Please bring all original documentation, no copies are allowed. If passengers show up for the tour without the proper ID, they will not be allowed to board. While we will attempt to accommodate passengers lacking identification, there is no guarantee that suitable arrangements can be made, and no refund will be given under these circumstances. Passengers with felonies, DUI, or criminal charges are not allowed entry into Canada.
Are there shopping opportunities?
Yes! In Yukon, we make a stop at Caribou Crossing Trading Post as well as the historic town of Carcross, both with opportunities for Canadian souvenirs.
Are there photo opportunities?
Yes! There are opportunities and pull-outs along the way to get off the bus and take pictures.
Will we see wildlife?
Of the various Skagway tours, the Yukon adventures have one of the strongest opportunities for wildlife viewing. Tours entering Yukon include a chance of encountering caribou, sheep, mountain goats, and sometimes even bears and moose. While your chances are good, we cannot guarantee wildlife sightings.
What is served for lunch?
A stop at Caribou Crossing Trading Post includes a homemade BBQ chicken lunch with baked potato, coleslaw, dinner rolls, and their famous all-you-can-eat donuts. As a vegetarian option, an Indian Dahl replaces the chicken portion of the meal.

Quick Facts


6h 30min

The minimum age for participants is 0 years old.

Cancel up to 14-days before the tour for a refund. No refund is available if canceled within 14-days of the tour. If for any reason your tour is canceled, or if your cruise ship’s schedule changes, you will receive a refund. Refunds do not include any non-refundable fees.



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